The proposed changes to the tuition fees system could lead to higher write-offs and a financial time bomb for taxpayers, concludes a new report by Michael Johnson.Read More
A large and important British industry is under threat; not from competitive pressures, but from a hostile tax regime imposed by the European Union
Recently published GCSE results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland clearly show that the academic results achieved, on average, by pupils vary according to the kind of secondary school which they attend. In the language of the July 1997 Government White Paper, ‘standards’ and ‘structures’ are interdependent.
I want to thank the Centre for Policy Studies for this distinguished invitation. It would always be a privilege to speak to an organisation founded and inspired by Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher.
The Independent Commission on the Voting System is required by its terms of reference to observe four principle conditions. These are “broad proportionality” in any scheme proposed; “the need for stable government”; “an extension of voter choice”; and “the maintenance of a link between MPs and geographical constituencies”. It is highly unlikely that any voting scheme can at once and the same time meet all these criteria.
FEDERAL BRITAIN ARGUES THAT Tony Blair’s Government is destabilising the political and constitutional framework of the United Kingdom, by devolutionary shreds and patches.
In the UK, a large number of banks and building societies compete to take deposits and to lend. In consequence any British company or family which can offer adequate security can obtain all the finance it requires at interest rates close to the rate the Bank of England establishes.
The Conservative Party is about to undertake a comprehensive review of its philosophy and policies. That quest should be primarily shaped by considerations of intellectual integrity. It is, though, both inevitable and proper that matters of political calculation might conceivable enter the equation.
Will the proposals in this document do anything to reverse the disastrous decline and disintegration of family life? Is there a serious agenda to restore marriage? Or is this another “excess of rhetoric”?
Conservative MP for Havant and Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment, David Willets looks at how the Conservative Party has consistently characterised the nation.
David Selbourne investigates the first twelve months of the 'new' Labour Government and the contradictions at the heart of their politics.
Jeffrey Archer looks at London, and argues that more investment should be going into the capital rather than using it to subsidise the rest of the UK.
Conservative Party leader William Hague MP delivers a speech to the Centre for Policy Studies on Constitutional change and tradition.
It is generally agreed that, whatever other outcomes may be desirable for schools to foster – and there are many of them -, the standards achieved are the most important. It is also accepted that the funds available for education are finite – and that it is essential that what money is available is spent effectively.
Britain’s relationship with Europe since 1945 has been an agony of compromise. An active British involvement in a European political identity was being considered as early as 1947-8 by Ernest Bevin with his short-lived flirtation with the notion of Britain leading a global ‘third force’. And, since 1961, successive governments have sought qualified involvement with ‘the European project’.
There is a hole in the heart of the Conservative Party which has been torn wide open by the unprecedented general election defeat of May 1997 and Labour’s deft performance in office.